Hélöise Geoghegan and Gloria Campaner after their concert in Yangon In 2013 LInk for Aid continued its work helping underprivileged children in Myanmar and Cambodia. We also broke new ground using music as a way to gain visibility and raise funds for our charities, with a concert in Rome, sponsored by Viaggi del Mappamondo, and a concert and charity evening in Yangon in partnership with Traders Hotel of the Shangri-La Group. In November the mezzosoprano Susanne Mecklenburg invited Link for Aid to benefit from a concert she was giving in Rome, sponsored by Viaggi del Mappamondo. In Yangon, also in November, Link for Aid and Traders Hotel Yangon organized Music for Myanmar, a charity concert with two leading young musicians, Hélöise Geoghegan (violin) and Gloria Campaner (piano). It was a magical evening of music by Verdi, Franck, Massenet and de Falla performed by two stunning young solists who delighted the audience with their artistry, class and warmth. We donated school uniforms and bicycles to poor children in Samrong Village near Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and we also gave university and technical training scholarships to teachers from the Angkor Kid’s Centre. And we took on a new project the little Parami Orphanage in Dala, across the river from Yangon where Link for Aid, and Shangri-La Residences is now supporting the 18 orphans.
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This morning I posted on my Facebook that Link for Aid needs some help for Pon Put, from Samrong village near Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Pon is in Udon, Thailand where is he is studying Thai so he can enter the agricultural degree course next term. Pon’s dream is to graduate in agriculture and bring modern farming techniques to his village. To study he needs a LAPTOP but he can not afford one. Does anyone have a LAPTOP they are not using that we can send to Pon?
And this afternoon a MIRACLE happened! “Five hours ago I posted that Pon Put, a young Cambodian student studying agriculture in Thailand, cannot afford to buy the laptop he needs for his studies. Now he will have one. Thank you, thank you, thank you Paula Camba!”
Thanks to Francesca Moscheni, one of Link for Aid’s founding members, and to a group of her friends in Milan, we have set up a library for the children of the Angkor Kid’s Centre in Samrong, a small village near the famous Angkor Wat temple site. Before the children had a mobile library which came to the village only four times a year. Now the children of Samrong have books to read every day of the year. Please help us to make the Samrong Library grow. Make a donation on Link for Aid’s DONATE page.
We are now helping these 18 children in the Parami Orphanage in Dala near Yangon. They are aged 3 to 18 and go to state schools. At home in the orphanage they are looked after by Phyu Phyu and Win Maung, a wonderful couple who have given their lives to look after these orphans. We are setting up English classes for the children and we want to raise funds to build a proper home for them to live in. Please help to give them a new home by making a donation to Link for Aid on our DONATE page.